Lee County does not prepare elevation certificates. Elevation certificates are prepared by locally licensed surveyors and submitted to Lee County Community Development as a requirement of the building permit process. Once submitted, Lee County keeps a copy of the certificate on file (see below for information on searching for an elevation certificate). You will need to contact a locally licensed surveyor if we do not have one on file and you need a certificate prepared.
Who Needs an Elevation Certificate?
Structures built in a Special Flood Hazard Area – including A, AE, and AH zones – or a Coastal High Hazard Area – including VE zones – must have a FEMA Elevation Certificate to prove that the structure meets the required Base Flood Elevation. A FEMA Elevation Certificate is required during construction before the first permanent horizontal member is placed. A final construction Elevation Certificate is also required.
The Elevation Certificate is also required for new flood insurance policies from the National Flood Insurance Program.
Elevation Certificates can be prepared by local, licensed surveyors.
Find the flood zone and base flood elevation for any parcel in unincorporated Lee County
For What Years Are Elevation Certificates Available?
Elevation Certificates for new construction, renovations and/or additions are available online for building permits issued since 2000 in FEMA’s designated floodplain in unincorporated Lee County. Elevation certificates are also available online for structures built in the floodplain from 2000-2007 in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers Beach.
However, there are no elevation certificates for structures built before 1984 or on parcels that were designated in the floodplain for the first time in August 2008. Those structures did not require elevation certificates because they were not in the floodplain at the time of construction.
Elevation Certificates can no longer be accessed directly through eConnect; however, the associated record number (permits beginning with RES, COM, or MRV) may be found there that can be used when searching our new data base. Note that the certificates can only be searched by record number.
- Go to eConnect to locate a record number by address or STRAP number by entering this information in the Global Search field.
Find an Elevation Certificate using GIS Maps and Apps
Lee County's GIS Maps and Apps website includes a "Find My Elevation Certificate" app.
Check out all available interactive maps at GIS Maps and Apps.
Instructions on using the GIS Maps and Apps
Find an Elevation Certificate through the FDEM Database
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, a copy of each elevation certificate prepared by a surveyor and mapper will be submitted to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) as required by Florida Statute 472.0366. FDEM worked with representatives from the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society, the Florida Board of Professional Surveyors and Mappers, and the office of Florida Senator Jeff Brandes to create a solution to meet the requirements of the law. A user-friendly database has been created (for reference purposes) where you can easily view previously submitted certificates.
If you are unable to find an Elevation Certificate for your property in unincorporated Lee County, call 239-533-8112.